Rafa Benitez has announced the team to play Ipswich Town this afternoon at St. James’ Park and he has given DeAndre Yedlin, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez starts.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow; DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett; Jack Colback, Jonjo Shelvey; Matt Ritchie, Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran; Dwight Gayle
Substitutes: Matz Sels, Vurnon Anita, Chancel Mbemba, Isaac Hayden, Christian Atsu, Mo Diame, Aleksandar Mitrovic
We had the team almost right but (no banana) – we had Vurnon Anita at right back, but it’s good to see the 23 year-old American get a start and of course Yedlin is excellent going forward.
Local lad Jack Colback returns for Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez takes on the number 10 role from Mo Diame – so that’s a good attacking team and the bench is extremely strong.
This is what Rafa has said about Ipswich:
“If you see the stats, it’s a team that is not scoring too many goals, though they have scored some goals in their last games.”
“But they are not conceding too many goals, so it will be tough, it will be difficult. Physically, they are strong, and they work hard.”
“I think it will be tough, because they are a Championship team who know what they have to do, how to stop the other teams and they know how to play on the counter-attack.”
“Mick McCarthy has experience – he is a good manager, and he has a team that know what to do in the Championship.”
A huge majority of Newcastle fans expect us to win this game today.